‘Broadchurch’: ITV orders third series with David Tennant, Olivia Colman returning

Series Two of the popular crime drama drew to a close last night (February 23)

ITV has officially commissioned a third series of Broadchurch.

The channel broke the news on Twitter last night (February 23) immediately after Series Two of the hit crime drama had drawn to a close. The series’ lead duo, David Tennant and Olivia Colman, are both confirmed to return for the third series.

However, other cast members for the new run of episodes will be revealed at a later date. ITV has also yet to confirm when Series Three will begin filming.

The show’s writer and creator Chris Chibnall said in a press release: “We’ve been overwhelmed that nine million people every week have continued to join us on the twists and turns of Broadchurch. This third chapter has been a glint in my eye for a long time and I’m thrilled to be writing these characters once again.”

Series One of Broadchurch aired in March and April 2013 and followed Tennant’s DI Alec Hardy and Colman’s DS Ellie Miller as they investigated the murder of schoolboy Danny Latimer in the fictional Dorset seaside town of Broadchurch. Series Two, which began in January and concluded last night (February 23), followed the trial of Latimer’s alleged murderer while also tracking Hardy’s attempt to crack an unsolved case from his past.

A US remake named Gracepoint, which starred Tennant but not Colman, aired on Fox last year (2014) but has not been renewed for a second season.